Dr. Mahesh Pillai has his Ph.D in Management from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani (India). He has been in the field of academia and higher education for more than 15 years. Before joining AUE as Associate Professor in Management at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kannur University, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Calicut University, Kerala University for Health Sciences, Madurai Kamraj University and Amrita Viswa Vidyala. His association as faculty with these institutions ranged from Lecturer to Professor level. In the academic administration field, Dr. Pillai was Founder Dean and Director of two institutions, Head of Department, Exam Controller and Admissions and Placement Officer. At the international level, Dr. Pillai performed as the project consultant for M/s International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO), Japan for promotion of eco-friendly wood products in India.